Behind our Human companies, we’ve got a Human team—one made up of people with diverse experiences, passions, and expertise. Together, we’re working to turn passions into products, to turn concepts into companies, and to turn innovators into incredible co-founders.
Executive Chairman, Founding Partner
CEO, Founding Partner
Senior Managing Director, Human Enterprise
Head of Business Design
Chief Innovation Officer
Strategic Advisor, Diversity & Inclusion
Senior Managing Director, Attention Vertical
Head of Communications
Head of Design
Head of Marketing & Community
Maisha C. Leek
Head of Founder & Studio Ops
Head of Financial Operations
Head of Special Projects
Executive Assistant to the CEO / Office Manager
Head of Product
Researcher, Attention Vertical
Throughout his career, Rob Code has advised on and directed operations at a number of businesses and startups, including Plated, MM.LaFleur, Ollie, and our very own Token.
Joe Scirocco's career includes stints as CFO and COO for companies like Tommy Hilfiger, Quiksilver, and TOMS. He serves as a strategic adviser and board member for several businesses.
Jeremiah Zinn has served as head of product at numerous companies, from Viacom to Bark & Co. to Freshly. And that vast product management experience now benefits all our Human companies.
Peter Shallard is the Shrink for Entrepreneurs. As a renowned business psychology expert and therapist gone renegade, he works with founders to create growth, impact and sanity… simultaneously.
Our team is small.
Our network is powerful.
As our name suggests, we believe in the power of Human connections. So we rely on an extensive, ever‑growing network of experts and talent to give our founding teams all the support they need.
Our network includes dozens of the nation’s most coveted investors, most brilliant entrepreneurs, and most knowledgeable industry experts. Some have decades of experience, others bring fresh perspectives. Together, they help open doors and tackle tough problems. So no matter what challenges our founding teams face, our network will be there to pitch in.
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Multiple-time founder and sometimes media executive, Joe Marchese is Executive Chairman and Founding Partner at Human Ventures, and also serves as CEO of Attention Capital, a holding company scaling the next generation of media and technology companies.
As the President of Advertising Revenue for Fox Networks Group, Joe oversaw sales, research and advertising innovation for FOX Broadcast, FX, National Geographic and FOX Sports which included tentpole advertising events like the World Series and Super Bowl. Prior to Fox, Joe served as CEO of true[x], the leader in engagement advertising technologies, which was acquired by Fox in 2015. He has co-founded a number of companies, including Human Ventures, Reserve and true[X].
Joe is a widely recognized leader in the media and technology industries and was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement in 2016. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Paley Center for Media and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Human Ventures, the Tribeca Film Institute, Team Rubicon, and Clear Channel Outdoor.
Heather is CEO and Founding Partner of Human Ventures. She has been recognized for creating one of New York’s premiere startup studios and for the unique approach and fresh perspective she brings to tech and finding talent. She works closely with the founders and teams within Human Ventures' portfolio to develop their businesses, support fundraising efforts, and create meaningful connections within Human's network.
Since launching under Heather's leadership, Human has invested in and co-built more than 20 companies, with key investments including Reserve (acquired), Girlboss, Current, and Clark (acquired). Throughout her career, Heather has been featured in outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Information, Fast Company, Business Insider and TechCrunch.
Heather is an active leader in the technology community, serving on the leadership council for Tech:NYC and as a lead of AllRaise for the East Coast. She's also a member of the prestigious Kauffman Fellowship executive education program in venture capital and innovation leadership.
Michael is responsible for all aspects of finance and operations at Human Ventures. He previously served as CFO at charity: water, where he was hired by the founder to lead a rapid expansion from scrappy NYC startup to world-class global organization operating at scale. During his tenure, funding efforts brought in more than $175M of both working capital and international program support.
Prior to charity: water, Michael led teams at both Thomson Media and Deloitte. He's a CPA, and holds a BS/BA from The Ohio State University. Michael likes to build stuff, and is inspired by creative and entrepreneurial people and ideas.
Here at Human Ventures, Alex helps run our Enterprise business, working at the intersection of corporate innovation, growth, and new business incubation. Alex supports Human in partnering our high-touch venture incubation studio with Enterprises to help speed new products and businesses to market and provide access to unique entrepreneurial talent.
Alex's career spans both the entrepreneurial and corporate landscapes, including holding senior leadership positions at two major Fortune 50 companies and being one of the first employees at two different startups. But in both companies large and small, his role has always been focused on growth. He has held senior leadership positions at two major Fortune 50 companies.
Alice joined Human Ventures in 2018 as Head of Business Design. In her role, Alice works alongside entrepreneurs throughout their journey—from identifying new opportunities through market and customer insight, to designing new products, services, and business models, and through to validating and launching new companies into the wild. Prior to Human Ventures, Alice’s career spanned global health, entrepreneurship, innovation, design, and product strategy, working for both startups and innovation studios at large corporations.
Beyond her work at Human Ventures, Alice is a part-time faculty member at Parsons School of Design and organizes creative events in the city.
Andrew Hutton is the Chief Innovation Officer here at Human Ventures, where he’s been part of our team since 2017. In his role, he leads Human’s company-building efforts and is charged with building the next high-growth Human startups.
Andrew works hand-in-hand with our Human entrepreneurs, helping them identify and validate big, meaningful problems, design and test products, services and business models, and build and launch new startups from scratch.
Before Human, Andrew was a design strategy consultant at Accenture, where he helped Fortune 500 companies design innovative new products and services, and taught them how to innovate and work differently. He's also co-founded a social agribusiness in Uganda, and serves as an adjunct professor at Parsons in the MS Strategic Design and Management program. He's a graduate of Wheaton College, where he graduated with a BA in economics, and Parsons School of Design, where he earned an MS in Strategic Design & Management.
Anna Nti-Asare-Tubbs is a writer and PhD student who brings her intersectional expertise to help put best practices in place for increasing diversity while building out early teams.
Anna graduated from the University of Cambridge with her masters in multidisciplinary gender studies, after having graduated from Stanford University with her bachelors in anthropology, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Anna is deeply interested in gender and race issues in the U.S. and is pursuing her PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge as a Gates scholar.
Dr. Ashlyn Gentry is Managing Director of Human Ventures’ Attention vertical. She has been at the forefront of some of the most important corporate strategy and commercial growth decisions over the last decade, and has worked with executives in media and technology to revolutionize these industries.
A renegade academic turned business strategist, Ashlyn began her career in politics and academia, studying and working on political campaigns while earning her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. As SVP at Palantir’s commercial headquarters in New York, she led growth strategy teams working with clients representing the top media companies and brands in the world. Previously, Ashlyn served as Vice President in the Chairman’s office at Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Austin, TX.
She serves on the board of The Pitch Academy, a startup coaching service, and mentors rising female stars in New York tech. Her professional mission is to transform how media and tech help us learn about our world, creating conversations that lead to a fuller understanding of ourselves and others.
Callie is the head of communications for both Human Ventures and Attention Capital. She works closely with Heather Hartnett (CEO of Human Ventures) and Joe Marchese (CEO of Attention Capital) on branding, positioning, messaging, and communications for both companies. She also works with Human’s studio and portfolio companies at all stages of their lifecycle to craft their message for investors, consumers, and respective audiences.
She has held executive leadership positions across editorial, audience growth, marketing, and revenue at Thrive Global, Time Inc. and TIME, Vox Media, and Talking Points Memo. She has been widely recognized for her impact in the media industry being named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, referred to as “the future of media” by Business Insider, called a "media mogul" by PureWow and named one of TIME’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds in the World.
Chelsea joined Human Ventures in early 2019 as a Staff Accountant, working closely with everyone on our finance team. In addition to supporting Human through reporting and financial analyses, she also supports some of our studio companies, helping founders better understand the financial aspects of their business, and empowering them to make informed and strategic financial decisions.
When she’s not working, Chelsea loves skiing in the winter, mountain biking in the summer, and hanging out with her family all year round.
Erik joined Human Ventures as a Software Engineer in 2018. In his role, he builds the apps and technologies that help our studio companies succeed. A passionate and driven problem solver, Erik has extensive experience across the full stack, developing robust applications, and solutions—from ideation to deployment at scale. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and finding the best baklava in NYC.
Evan is a multidisciplinary designer and creative director. At Human, he leads design across all business verticals spanning interaction, experience, and brand. Combining his obsession for scalable systems and the human side of technology, he concentrates on elegant and functional solutions that ensure founder’s design needs are met, measured, and fine-tuned.
He has previously worked with clients across multiple industries, with experience in product, advertising, technology, and service design. In his spare time, he co-runs a social impact creative studio focused on serving marginalized communities.
When Jack joined the Human team in 2019, he brought years of experience as a Software Engineer. He now works with the engineering team, building full stack web apps and developing product features for Human studio companies. He is also very passionate about deep learning and neural networks.
Jesse is the Managing Partner of Human Ventures, overseeing business development efforts across the company.
Most of his focus is spent on the growth of Human Enterprise, co-creating ventures with our network of founders and corporate innovation partners. Jesse also spends time sourcing investment opportunities for Human Ventures’ flagship fund.
Jesse believes deeply in a new venture model, where incubation, venture investing, and corporate innovation work together to strengthen returns, de-risked by the incredible founders we find and grow alongside.
Jolyn Lee is a Staff Accountant here at Human Ventures, where she plays an important role supporting the financial aspect of all our Human companies. Jolyn helps our portfolio companies by triaging tasks, mapping out and discussing financial health, and being the source of answers for any inquiries the companies may have.
In her free time, Jolyn enjoys attending concerts and trying out the various omakase of New York.
Josh is Venture Partner at Human Ventures and CEO of Onward Labs, where he leads the team’s efforts across company building, partnerships, and community. Josh has spent his career at the intersection of public/private partnerships working with former Mayor Cory Booker to reimagine the possibilities for education and economic development alongside the $100 million investment by Mark Zuckerberg.
Josh was appointed as Director of Education in Bridgeport, CT where he eliminated their budget deficit and built the first vehicle to receive private investment. Josh was a Mayoral Candidate for New York City in the most recent election and co-founded Blockchain for Change, one of the first live and working companies built on blockchain in New York City.
Helen joined the Human team in 2018 as Head of Marketing & Community. She leads marketing initiatives that foster and grow the Human community—including events, communications, partnerships, and fundraising.
Before joining the Human Ventures team, Helen worked closely with entrepreneurs as the Platform Manager at Compound and in operational roles at SoulCycle and Roomi. Helen began her career as an analyst at J.P. Morgan working with privately held business owners. She is passionate about collaborating with Humans who are positively impacting the world.
Maisha C. Leek
Maisha C. Leek is an Operating Partner at Human Ventures. She works directly with the founders of our portfolio companies to ensure Human Ventures keep its commitment to being the “world’s best cofounder.” She tracks the performance of all Human’s portfolio companies and leads our studio team in providing the resources and network connections needed at critical moments in each company’s growth process.
At Human, she is building a robust network of founders, advisors, and talent to support our portfolio companies and drive deal flow. Maisha sources and leads the vetting for potential founders for our Entrepreneur in Residence process, and for our Enterprise partners. She is particularly interested in finding and working with experienced founders and investors from backgrounds that are traditionally under-addressed by the venture community, such as people of color, LGBTQi, and others.
As the son of two entrepreneurs, Michael has been inventing products and starting companies since he was in high school. He’s launched everything from a personal finance lending platform, to a crowdfunding aggregator, to DroneObstacles.com. As Head of Financial Operations at Human Ventures, Michael helps the other Michael (Letta) with all things finance and operations—and he helps our founders with incorporating, implementing operational platforms, preparing financials and helping them understand the financial and operational aspects of their business in order to set them up to scale.
Before joining the team at Human Ventures, he worked at startups Quirky and WeWork, managing financials during highs, lows, and rapid growth. Michael also holds a BS/BA from The Ohio State University, and he’s a CPA. In his free time, Michael enjoys cheering on the Buffalo Bills and The Ohio State University Buckeyes. When he's not doing that, you can find him traveling the world with his wife and flying his drone.
Matthew works with Human Ventures' senior leadership to take early ideas and market insights and turn them into concise, structured proposals for new business opportunities. His experience designing and building a self-sustaining microlending program, and working in financial strategy and impact evaluation, allows Matthew to extend his expertise across the Human portfolio, providing tremendous value for early-stage founders.
Matthew graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Economics and Mathematics and a minor in Architectural History, and is an alum of the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellowship at the Baruch College Marxe School of International and Public Affairs.
Peter joined Human Ventures in 2017 as Office Manager and Executive Assistant. In these roles, he manages the studio workspace occupied by 16 companies and nearly 100 people, while also managing the CEO's calendar, travel, and internal communications. Peter helps our studio companies by managing their administrative needs, onboarding new hires, and hosting monthly events to encourage cross-company collaboration.
In his free time, Peter enjoys watching and playing soccer, walking his dog, and hanging out with his wife and son.
Peter contributes to Human Ventures as both a venture partner and a resident founder coach. He is also the founder of Commit Action, a Human portfolio company dedicated to helping small business owners become their best via a "personal training for productivity" service, delivered at scale by software-augmented, one-to-one human accountability.
In his role at Human, Peter works one-on-one with our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, drawing on a deep expertise cultivated over 10,000 hours of one-to-one coaching experience with founders of fast-growth, VC backed startups. He is legendary in the entrepreneurial ecosystem as a thought-partner for founders in transition, and those thinking through big strategy shifts. Peter’s external “Shrink for Entrepreneurs” practice also operates from the Human Ventures studio.
As a Partner at Human Ventures, Pratap leads the company builder side of the business. In his role, he helps founders build and grow their companies, from design, to beta, to launch. Pratap brings deep product and technical expertise to Human from his time at both Google and in the startup world, along with an extensive technical and venture network that comes from building his own startup studio.
In his free time, Pratap supports several social justice causes, from environmental protection to poverty alleviation. If he ever leaves the concrete jungle of New York, he plans to get super into farming, so he can make the perfect batch of hot sauce from farm to table.
Rish joined Human Ventures after years working across the financial technology, healthcare consulting, venture capital, and global development fields. As a Business Analyst, Rish works across the entire Human Ventures ecosystem to explore, invest in, and launch early stage companies. Rish utilizes multidisciplinary research methods to take novel ideas and market insights and turn them into structured and actionable business proposals.
Rish grew up on the foothills of Mt. Kenya in a town called Nanyuki before moving to the U.S. (He’s sadly lost his British accent since, but he’s kept his love of travel and the outdoors.) In his spare time, Rish can be found rock climbing or satisfying his passions as a life-long maker, tinkering with one of the many projects that crowd his desk.
As Head of Product at Human Ventures, Ryan oversees the development of new Human products and works directly with founders to scope, iterate, and launch their products into market. Ryan spends time with each Human company, developing best practices around customer development, product execution, and hiring. Before joining our team, Ryan spent eight years working across early stage startups in Berlin, NYC, San Francisco, and Tel Aviv. He loves the process of turning an idea into a company that can change behavior and culture.
When Ryan isn’t working, he’s traveling to remote areas of the world to hike, bike, and experience the outdoors.
At Human Ventures, Ryan works as a market research analyst in our Attention vertical, where he’s expanding his knowledge about all things startup and VC. Prior to joining Human Ventures, Ryan worked as a writing instructor at Bard Microcollege, and as a fashion director at BK Style Foundation and Street Fashion Week, the latter two positions which he continues to hold.
Ryan is interested in global politics and has a passion for all things art and design. He truly believes in entrepreneurship's ability to empower individuals and communities, and he is dedicated to making the possibility of entrepreneurship a reality for an increasing number of marginalized peoples. Ryan has a bachelors’ degree from Bard College in political economy, with a minor in cultural anthropology, and he’s working towards getting his senior thesis published later in the year.
Tim is Chief Technical Officer at Human Ventures, spearheading the technical development of Human’s portfolio companies. Having Tim’s expertise readily available helps each new Human company launch at the very top of their game.
Tim previously served as VP of Product and Technology at Fuse Networks and as Chief Technology Officer at Newsweek and The Daily Beast.
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